Oak Leaf and Reel, HST’s and more

test block.

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I finished my Oak Leaf and Reel block. This was pretty cool to make and I learned a lot.  If you’re interested in some of the process there was a post here. Inspiration from Antique Quilts, Volume One, 2010. I’m working on my next Oak Leaf and Reel.  Its similar, same size but the leaves are different.

Last month I took a quick trip home to be with my Dad & Stepmom and had a great trip. It took me quite a bit of time to recover but when I did, I got hooked on HST’s. Look what happened…

Cotton Club Doll Quilt

Red Crinoline Quilts (formerly known as Bonnie Blue Quilts) does the best patterns, I tell ya. There are 72 HST’s in there and the whole piece finishes at 24 x 24. This was so much fun to make that I had to do another one because of Christmas and all.  You can see some of the other Christmas Through the Year participants if you click this post although the Mr. Linky isn’t up so you’ll need to peruse comments to find the links this month.

I busted open the bundle from a previous post [click here]. They’re old and I never could use that bundle because it was so pretty. Well I got over that.  I saved the yellows though. They’re really unique repro yellows and I thought I better save those for something special.  Of course, I think everything’s special so that’s not useful to say.  Anyway, I was having such fun I moved onto some red.

I changed up the 5″ center block here. That’s when you know you’re having fun!!! I dig it. I couldn’t figure out what to do with the border though. I took this to stitching and the gals voted for using the green (in the block) for the border. I’ve got to knock that out. I forgot that’s on the list.

The only one in this series that’s missing was cheddar. I mean how could I do that? I couldn’t. So here it is being prepped with Inklingo.

Speaking of missing, are you wondering where I’ve been?  Aww, no where.  After recovering from my quick trip, which took an inordinate amount of time, I got back to my life chores.  Then I started sewing again and, well, I just never could manage getting back into blogging. I’m getting a lot more accomplished I guess.  You know the deal. You know my situation. Enough said?

I finished reading this

and now I’m rereading this

I’m absolutely enjoying my visit with Tolstoy again. This is the only one of his novels I’ve read. Have you read anything by Tolstoy? It’s every bit as wonderful as I recall and really nothing like the movie because, well, it can’t be. He has so much to say about the culture and the people. His writing is wonderful.


I want to say a lot of things. About where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing and where I’m at today. I want to share a whole lot of things that have nothing to do with quilting. The thing is, quilting is the thing. Hopefully I’ll have a cheddar doll quilt and a baby quilt to share with you so until next time around…


30 thoughts on “Oak Leaf and Reel, HST’s and more

  1. I love the pink and green quilt and then I scroll down and see the red and green one
    and I just squealed out loud they are both wonderful, love that you went with your own design in the center….beautiful!
    welcome back to blogland and I hope your vacation was amazing.

  2. ok omg I just love that pink and green quilt and then I scroll down a bit more and I squealed out loud, love the red and green….great job!!!!
    welcome back to blogland! hope your vacation was the best!

  3. Your little quilts are darling! Isn’t it funny how we get hooked on a method? You have certainly had fun with Inklingo! Love your oakleaf! And I totally get you on the blogging. I love it, but it slows me down and I need to catch up on sewing, etc. Hope you are doing well! Glad to have you showing up on Goodreads!

  4. Your blocks look great. I especially like the red and white one where you changed up the center block. It looks like an arrow head in the center of the quilt – really catches the eye. I am ashamed to admit that I started Anna Karenina several times now and just can’t seem to get “into” the book.

  5. Glad you are back – and recovering from the trip. Those tiny quilts are amaaaaazing – and I love the applique, one of my favorites.

  6. Woohoo, great to see you back!! You have been missed.
    Your Oak Leaf and Reel block is perfect! Beautiful work!
    Goodness you have the HST bug bad! They are perfect! How tiny are those centre triangles in the last little quilt?? Amazing!
    Looking forward to seeing the cheddar one! :)

  7. You were definitely bitten by the HST bug and it produced delightful results! I love all of the versions you made, but my favorite is the blue. Glad you are back blogging.

  8. I’m loving what you’ve been up to… you’re right, those HSTs are highly addicitve. I have been in a blogging slump of late too, I hope to be posting again soon; like you say… life and chores sometimes have a way to taking time and precedence. Stay cool, Kiddo!

  9. Glad you are back. I missed you in blogland. Sometimes a little break is necessary to let the brain cells rest. You certainly have perfected the HST. They are so precise with nary a missing point. I love ‘em all.

  10. So glad to have you back and …. by golly ….. just look what you’ve been up to lately! Wonderfull!!

  11. Missed you – glad you’re back. I’ve been using a lot of hst’s lately too – they are so cute!

  12. Welcome back! I’ve been wondering about you. Glad you had a nice trip. Love, love, love the little quilts!!

  13. You have really accomplished a lot of prettiness over there! I like each and every one. And I love Kanga’s, “Make the world go away” pose.

  14. Say what you want to say (quilty or not). This is YOUR blog and you can share what YOU choose.

    LOVELY HST projects — beautiful work, m’dear!

    SO good to hear from you!!!

  15. Hello again! Isn’t it fun to make variations of a pattern? Yours are wonderful, as always. Love the little change-up in the red and white version.
    Looks like some good reading, too. The cover of Anna is beautiful.

  16. Glad you came back to blogging to share your HST wonderland of the past six weeks. You can’t be faulted for spending your recovery time with these charmers! I agree that the former Bonnie Blue has great patterns–wonder why the change in name? Hope your energy level continues to allow you to share with us. Missed you!

  17. LOVING your HST quilts. Loverly. :) Lots of little pieces. You do such awesome work, Karen. Love seeing your creations!! Have a beautiful day!! :)

  18. I think your work is always wonderful! As far as how you are feeling, as quilters, we truly have something to focus on when we don’t want to focus on other things! But, we as quilters, also want to support our quilting friends! So I am hear for you and you can share whatever you want and what is on your heart/mind! Take care! ♥♥♥

  19. So nice to see a post from you. :-) Love your small quilts.

    Glad you got away to see family; now fully recovered.

  20. Love the Oak & Reel – beautiful job!!! The HST’s are amazing. My favorite – the blue, unusual for me. Love what is happening with the red n can’t wait to see the cheddar.

  21. Welcome back–you were missed. Glad to see you’ve been busy. Wish I could say I have some quilting to show for my time. Alas, just a lot of painted doors, more to do and a slowly filling up storage unit. Hope all is well with you–hugs….

  22. You know I’ve missed you! You have been busy with all these projects and of course I love them all. Isn’t it hard to break up those pretty bundles of fabric? They look so nice all together! I’ve got one sitting here looking at me right now! I just don’t have the heat to split it up yet!

  23. Aren’t they the sweetest little quilts – love them! – and your applique is so pretty. I haven’t yet read ‘Lionheart’, must see if my library has it as I have enjoyed other books by Sharon Penman.

  24. Wow… what a lot you’ve gotten finished! Love those HST quilts… don’t know what it is about HSTs but they are so cool!

    Glad Debby’s visit didn’t wash you out… take it easy in all this heat!

  25. Oh my goodness you have been so busy – I love those HST quilts – …AND the Oak leaf and reel !! Well done to all.

  26. Great to see you back! Wonderful Cotton Club quilts…lots of HST’s! And your needleturn is awesome!

  27. You are totally rocking the needleturn/Perfect Placement applique! Your Cotton Club doll quilts are great too – I especially like the center you designed.

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